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City’s K-8 school set to launch “Walking School Bus” program (Ellsworth American)

By January 27, 2015Coalition News

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January 26, 2015 by Steve Fuller
ELLSWORTH — The city’s K-8 school was recently awarded funding to start a program that encourages students to walk to and from school, rather than take the bus.
The $5,000 grant comes from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, which works with both the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention and Maine Department of Transportation on what is known as the “Walking School Bus” program.
On the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School Facebook page, officials reported that the school “will be forming safe routes, training volunteers and encouraging students that live within walking distance to join a walking school bus in their neighborhood.” Students who participate also will receive rewards.
Dave Norwood, the K-4 physical education teacher at EEMS and the coordinator for the school’s Walking School Bus program, said in an email that the walking distance is defined as “within a one-mile radius” of the school.
The school said that “each walking school bus will be led by adult volunteers.”
A meeting on the subject of the Walking School Bus program will be held Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at EEMS. Parents and interested community members are invited to attend.
A representative from the Bicycle Coalition will be there to answer questions and gather feedback from those in attendance.
For more information, contact Norwood via email at, or call the school at 667-6241.